ACCESS in STEM Program

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What is ACCESS in STEM?

The “Achieving Change in our Communities for Equity and Student Success (ACCESS) in STEM” program
recruits talented students, primarily with low income or underrepresented backgrounds, to study one of the University of Washington-Tacoma's STEM majors, and seeks to support their retention and
academic success by providing focused mentoring, a living learning community, course-based
undergraduate research experiences, and two years of targeted scholarship support. 

This project was funded by NSF Scholarships in STEM Award #1741595 (Directorate for Education & Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Education)

Here is a video provided by our program director, Erica Cline.


What Are Our Goals?

  • Increase the number of STEM graduates at University of Washington Tacoma.
  • Provide extra services through one-on-one mentoring, weekly/bi-weekly workshops,
    and connecting scholars to on/off campus networking
  • Create a living learning community by encouraging scholars to live in campus housing,
    with easily accessible extra-curricular activities.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA

  • Pell Grant-eligible

  • Incoming freshman (Running Start, AP/IB, and College in the High School students are also eligible,
    but transfer students are not)

  • Declared interest in one of four eligible STEM majors:

    1. Environmental Science

    2. Biomedical Sciences

    3. Mathematics

    4. Computer Science and Systems 


Meet ACCESS in STEM's Cohorts!

Get to know our scholars! If you see them around campus, say hello and ask them how they
are doing. Click the following link to the Meet Our Scholars page to learn a little bit more about them.


Where to Apply?

Our 2020-21 application is now open for current students in their 2nd year at UW Tacoma (you must have entered as a first time in college student last year). If you'd like to join our ongoing cohort in your second year, apply by our October 1st, 2020 deadline!

Apply Here Now!

Here is a link to the PDF version of the flyer; feel free to share it with friends and colleagues! 

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